Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap bridges the gap between what is deemed a mixtape and what is deemed an album, and to be honest I’m not even sure anymore. With music as good as Acid Rap being offered in the form of a free download it really does change the basis of music quality.
From Good Ass Intro, to midpoint Favourite Song, to concluding track Everything’s Good, the quality stretches across the duration of the mixtape. Chance The Rapper is such a character with such a unique flow that he is genuinely exciting to listen to, his rap styles vary across the array of songs that make up Acid Rap, from mellow-yet-catchy Cocoa Butter Kisses (with an incredible Twista guest spot), to the trumpet penned Smoke Again.
‘She met her match, I let her match. She lit her match, she let me smoke.’ he raps on Lost. Chance’s quick fire, witty raps sit against the perfectly selected beats and I often found myself laughing at his rhymes. However, he also has a tender, more emotive side to his rapping best showcased on Interlude (That’s Love), which, complimented with some soft piano is a peak of Acid Rap. ‘Whats better than tripping is falling in love. What’s better than Letterman, Leno, Fallon and all the above’ his words tumble out yet land smoothly with impeccable compatibility with the beat.
Chance The Rapper is one of the most exciting prospects in the world of rap, and has more than illustrated himself as just that with the release of his second mixtape Acid Rap. A wide variety of tracks, razor sharp quick witted lyrics, great guest spots and some entrancing beats make this an outsider for album of 2013.